In today’s article, we will answer “How many ounces is a chicken breast?” This question may seem simple but can carry great significance. It will help you determine how many breasts you need for a recipe to prevent overbuying. This in turn will help ensure you always have the freshest produce possible.
And, if you need some recipes to use all this knowledge on, you can give my Air-Fryer Honey Balsamic Chicken Breast a try. Or, you can use the conversions to ultimately make these delicious Chicken Enchiladas.
Which Cut Is A Chicken Breast Exactly?
There are loads of different meat cuts that can come from a single chicken. There are at least 10 common cuts that can be found globally.
From a chicken, you get one chicken breast that consists of two halves. So, what you usually buy from the stores is technically a half chicken breast mis-marketed as one.
This cut is pure white light meat. It is extremely tender, and juicy. Not to mention that it can absorb flavors very well. This is also a cut that can be cooked in literally any way you can think of! Both slow and quick cooking techniques will work. And you can also choose a dry or wet cooking method.
Now that you know exactly what a chicken breast looks like, let’s look at how many ounces are in one chicken breast.
This question has multiple answers. That’s because there are a couple of variables that will affect the exact answer.
First, you can find different types of sizes of chicken. Broiler chickens and fryer chickens (which are the most common commercial chickens you find) weigh between 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 pounds. Their chicken breasts will be a lot smaller than that of a capon chicken (which weighs about 6-8 pounds).
Then, you also have to consider whether or not the chicken is fresh or thawed.
Other factors that could affect how many ounces are in a chicken breast are if it has the bone still inside or if it has been removed. Even the skin makes a difference in weight!
And finally, you should also consider whether or not the chicken has been cooked. And if it has, even the cooking method will cause varying weights.
On Average, How Many Ounces Is A Chicken Breast?
The average weight of a chicken breast without its bone in (also known as a split chicken breast) and without its skin on weighs about 6 ounces (or 170 grams).
However, keep in mind again that some can be as small as 4 ounces, and others as big as 10 ounces!
How Many Ounces In A Chicken Breast With The Bone In?
The bone of a chicken breast makes up about 20% of its weight.
So, if you have a single bone-in chicken breast (without its skin on), it will weigh about 7.2 ounces each (204 grams).
And again, depending on the exact size of the breast, this number could range from 4.8 ounces to 12 ounces!
How Many oz In A Chicken Breast With The Skin On?
The skin naturally also adds some weight back onto the chicken breast. The average weight that the skin adds to a single chicken breast is about 1 ounce (28 grams).
So, a chicken breast without the bone but that still has skin on, will weigh about 7 ounces (198 grams). The range for this cut is between 5 and 11 ounces.
A chicken breast that has its bone in and skin on will have an average weight of 8.2 ounces (232 grams). The outlying weights for this specific cut would be between 5.8 and 13 ounces.
How Many Ounces Is A Chicken Breast Raw Versus Cooked?
The average weights given above are all for raw (uncooked) chicken breasts. However, when chicken is cooked, that weight changes drastically.
Once you cook a chicken breast, it loses about a quarter of its weight. That means that a 6-ounce boneless, skinless breast will weigh 4.5 ounces once it has been cooked. This is only if it hasn’t been coated or seasoned (all elements that add weight, no matter how minuscule).
A cooked chicken breast with the bone and skin will weigh about 6,15 ounces (174 grams).
Summary Of The Varying Weights
So, to wrap all of this up in a comprehensive and easy-to-read format, I’ve assembled a list of all the possible average weights of different cuts of chicken breasts. This way, you’ll easily be able to find what you have and how much it weighs.
Raw (Uncooked ) Chicken Breast Ounces
Boneless, skinless = 6 ounces (170 grams)
Bone-in, skinless = 7.2 ounces (204 grams)
Bone-in, skin-on = 8.2 ounces (232 grams)
Cooked Chicken Breast Ounce
Boneless, skinless = 4.5 ounces (127 grams)
Bone-in, skinless = 5.4 ounces (153 grams)
Bone-in, skin-on = 6.15 ounces (174 grams)
How do you weigh chicken breasts without a scale?
Check the weight of the entire package on the sticker or label. You can divide that number by the number of breasts. That will give you a rough estimate of what each breast weighs. But only if the breasts are all more or less the same size.
How many cups is one chicken breast?
One chicken breast (boneless, skinless) weighs 6 ounces. That will fill about 3/4 cup when cubed (again on average).
So, 1 cup of cubed chicken breasts will weigh about 8 ounces. And a pound of chicken breasts (16 ounces) will fill about 1 1/2 cups.
Does frozen chicken breast weigh more than thawed chicken breast?
If you freeze the chicken breast at home, they will have the same weight as fresh chicken breasts.
However, if you buy pre-frozen chicken breasts, they will likely weigh a little more. That’s because they have a coating that helps prevent them from sticking. This does add some weight, but not a lot.